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3.28.2013

Dragon's Maze Champions

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Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

We are heading into the Easter long weekend now and will not likely get a chance to play any Magic: the Gathering anytime over the weekend at OMG! Games in Barrie, Ontario as the clan is gathering for the annual family  tradition of eating and drinking with little room for anything else.  This also includes all the frivolities of our full-contact version of the Easter Egg Hunt.

Speaking of Eggs - We here at MTG Realm are thinking of putting together a Modern-format 'Eggs' build soon.  Here is an article from WotC Jacob featuring a budget 'eggs' strategy.  Eggs essentially is a powerful and consistent combo deck that wins the game on turn three or four by looping Second Sunrise and cheap artifacts that tap to draw cards.  We'll definitely need to pick up some missing cards from MTG Mint Card for this.
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Anywhoos, today on the mothersite, Trick posted the video of last weekend's PAX East panel and we suggest that if you are interested in the next set, Dragon's Maze in the Return to Ravnica block, give it a listen . . .

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We are definitely beginning to speculate on the Dragon's Maze spoilers / preview arts of all the Guild Champions.  Here's the list again if you missed it earlier.  Expect our baseless ramblings soon . . .  
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Azorious - Lavinia of the Tenth
Boros - Tajic, Blade of the Legion
Dimir - Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker
Golgari - Varolz, the Scar-Striped
Gruul - Ruric-Thar, The Unbowed
Izzet - Melek, Izzet Paragon
Orzhov - Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts
Rakdos - Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch
Selesnya - Emmara Tandris
Simic - Vorel of the Hull Clade

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3.26.2013

Tumblr Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

It's Tumblr time again here on MTG Realm where we republish all the Magic: the Gathering updates from our other site on Tumblr.  This time around, it's all about the amazing Dragon's Maze and Magic 2014 spoilers and previews which have been coming fast and furious from Wizards and PAX East this last weekend.  Don't forget to start planning your Dragon's Maze pre-orders soon from MTG Mint Card as they start getting singles up.

First up however, here's the Dragon's Maze trailer WotC had posted to the 'Tube . . .

  
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Righto - onto the material from our Tumblr . . .
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Magic: the Gathering - Dragon’s Maze Prerelease

Some Dragon’s Maze Prerelease on the mothersite today. As anticipated,  Maze’s End will be the prerelease promo card with that kick-butt art by  Cliff Childs.
• One Return to Ravnica Guild Booster Pack
• Four Dragon’s Maze Booster Packs
• One Gatecrash Guild Booster Pack

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Magic: the Gathering - FNM Promos

April 2013 FNM Promo is Call of the Conclave (Return to Ravnica Uncommon) with art by Anthony Palumbo.  Original art by Terese Nielsen.  In place of the ‘shooting star’ FNM watermark, there is the Ravnica Guild watermark, in this case, Selesnya.

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Magic: the Gathering - Guild Champions

• Dimir - Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker, a  Dimir vampire
• Azorious - Lavinia of the Tenth,  an Azorius lawmage

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Magic : the Gathering - Teysa Then and Now

Teysa, Orzhov Scion (Guildpact Rare) gets the nod for a re-iteration in the next set, Dragon’s Maze.  Check out the new art for Teysa Envoy of Ghosts.  Image from CosPlayer Christine Sprankle (Twitter / Tumblr)

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Magic: the Gathering - Dragon’s Maze Champions


From WotC FB page -
• Rakdos - Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch
• Izzet - Melek, Izzet Paragon
• Boros - Tajic, Blade of the Legion

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3.25.2013

Post PAX East

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Happy Monday MTG peeps,

What a heck of a weekend for Magic: the Gathering fans at PAX East in Boston this past weekend.  Between the Wizards of the Coast MTG panel Saturday afternoon to Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014, there was just so much amazing spoilers 'n' previews around every corner - and that's not even mentioning the great swag WotC had provided.  Over the course of the weekend we here at MTG Realm attempted to keep up with all the news on both the main MTG Realm site as well as our Tumblr site - and apparently you were on top of all our updates.  We had just over 12,000 visits on Sunday alone.

Anywhoos - enough gushing - let's get to some of the big news - namely the announcement of the next block as well as some DotP 2014 / M14 spoilers 'n' previews. We promise to summarize the Dragon's Maze material in the next post.

First up - the next large fall set was previewed at the PAX East MTG panel and followed up with the official announcement on the mothersite today.
• Theros
• Born of the Gods
• Journey into Nyx

Set Name : Theros
Block : Set 1 of 3 in the Theros block
Number of Cards : 249
Prerelease Events : September 21-22, 2013
Release Date : September 27, 2013
Game Day : October 19-20, 2013
Pro Tour Theros Formats Swiss:
Official Three-Letter Code : THS
Twitter Hashtag : #MTGTHS
Initial Concept and Game Design : Mark Rosewater (lead), Ethan Fleischer, Ken Nagle, Zac Hill, and Jenna Helland
Final Game Design and Development : Erik Lauer (lead), Zac Hill, Dave Humpherys, Doug Beyer, Shawn Main, and Tom LaPille


We are very excited indeed about this block - we could be totally wrong here but it feels like there may be a Greek mythology theme here.  We're already thinking about picking up some potentially related cards from MTG Mint Card which may fit thematically with this block.  We'll get to speculations in another post but here's a short list of existing creature types which have already seen print :
White: Griffin, Pegasus
Blue: Hippocampus, Siren, Sphinx
Black: Gorgon, Harpy, Lamia
Red: Chimera, Cyclop, Minotaur
Green: Centaur, Dryad, Hydra, Satyr
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Next up - Some new cards spotted during preview play of Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 at PAX East.  These are of particular interest to Magic: the Gathering gamers who play the physical (paper) version as both the electronic and paper Core Set release are very often contiguous.  Here are some cards we may expect come 19th July, 2014 -
Shadowborn Demon, 3bb
Creature - Demon, Mythic Rare
Flying
When Shadowborn Demon enters the battlefield, destroy target non demon creature.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if there are fewer than 6 creatures in your graveyard, sacrifice a creature.
5/6
Shadowborn Apostle, b
Creature-Human Cleric, Common
A deck can have any number of cards named Shadowborn Apostle.
b, sacrifice six creatures named Shadowborn Apostle: Search your library for a demon creature and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.
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Kalonian Tusker, gg
Creature - Beast, Uncommon
3/3

Regathan Firecat, 2r
Creature - Elemental Cat, Common
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3.23.2013

Theros

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Happy Saturday MTG peeps,

The Magic: the Gathering Panel at PAX East has wrapped up for now but it will take quite some time to digest all the spoilers, previews and tid-bits of information Wizards of the Coast had provided to a packed room of participants.  Many thanks to Lauren Lee (@mulldrifting) and others for snapping pics during the MTG panel !

First up, the names of the sets in the next block were released.  Images captured by Germand MTG site Goyf.de from the Magic Online Championship livestream today.  Here's a brief timeline with code-names to put everything into perspective . . .



• Magic 2014 Core Set - July 2013
Theros ('Friends') - September2013
Born of the Gods ('Romans') - February 2014
Journey into Nyx ('Countrymen') - May 2014
• Magic 2015 Core Set - July 2014
• 'Huey' - October 2014
• 'Dewey' - February 2015
• 'Louie' - May 2015 
 



From the names here, we are thinking that perhaps we can expect a set with a Greco-Roman Mythology theme.  Here is some SWEEET spoiler art to whet your appetite !
 
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Next - MOAR Dragon's Maze goodness !
Right in line with Doug Beyer's 'The Secretist' books, Guild Champions must find all ten Guild Gates (which will have NEW art) to complete the maze - and here's the corresponding Maze's End card in an alternate-art Dragon's Maze PreRelease Promo - see our previous post here.


Speaking of promos - during the Dragon's Maze, you can score this card which will have a code one can enter on PlaneswalkerPoints.com to level up an achievement.
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Lastly, here's some very cool arts (no names yet) for cards we can expect upcoming in Dragon's Maze -
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DGM Ruric Thar

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Happy Saturday MTG peeps,

The Magic: the Gathering Panel has wrapped up at PAX East in Boston.  There was a lot of information provided to a room jam-packed full of fans in rabid anticipation of new Dragon's Maze spoilers and previews.  Thanks to Lauren Lee (@mulldrifting and many others for the pics 'n' info)
In this post, we'll look at the newest Guild Champion expected in the next and final MTG set, Dragon's Maze to be officially released 13 May, 2013.  Let's have a looky-loo ! 

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Awesome arts first, the full card latter . . .



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Ruric Thar, the Unbowed, 4RG
Legendary Creature - Ogre Warrior
Vigilance, reach
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed attacks each turn if able.
Whenever a player casts a noncreature spell, Ruric Thar deals 6 damage to that player.
6/6 


DANG - blue mages may have just took a hit to the junk.  This certainly punishes any player (including the player who cast Ruric Thar for not playing a all-creature build.  Love the card and this should be fun to play but we're unsure why / how this guy has 'reach' from a flavor standpoint . . . maybe he's just really tall.  
 
Of course, we already know about most of the lands - reprints of the shock lands, new arts for Guildgates, and this little alt-win card - which also happens to be the PreRelease Promo card

Maze's End
Land, Mythic
Maze's End enters the battlefield tapped.
Tap: Add 1 to your mana pool.
3, Tap, Return Maze's End to its owner's hand: Search your library for a Gate card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. If you control ten or more Gates with different names, you win the game. (Sorry - we could not find a better image at the moment)

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Dragons Maze Champions

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Happy Saturday MTG peeps,

The Magic: the Gathering Panel is wrapping up at the moment at PAX East in BostonThere was a lot of information provided to a room jam-packed full of fans in rabid anticipation of new Dragon's Maze spoilers and previews.  In this post, we'll look at the Ten Guild Champions expected in the next and final MTG set, Dragon's Maze to be officially released 13 May, 2013.  Each of the arts below were snapped by the awesome Lauren Lee (@mulldrifting) and is expected to represent a Legendary creature card in the next set.  Let's have a looky-loo !
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Dragon's Maze Champions

Simic - Vorel of the Hull Clade

 
Golgari - Varolz, the Scar-Striped
 
Orzhov - Teysa, Envy of Ghosts
 
Boros - Tajic, Blade of the Legion
 
Gruul - Ruric-Thar, The Unbowed
 
Dimir - Mirko Vosk, Mind Drinker
 
Izzet - Melek, Izzet Paragon
 
Azorious - Lavinia of the Tenth
 
Rakdos - Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch
 
Selesnya - Emmara Tandris

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